Entries in the 'Daily Kabbalah Lesson' Category

Insurance For The Soul

laitman_962.5The center of the ten is the point of connection with the Creator, the place of the construction of the Temple, the central point of creation, the point of the beginning of the correction and its completion. With respect to the created beings, everything happens in this point—in the center of our connection. The Creator, on His part, also influences this point, uniting us around it. This is indeed the most central point regarding the actions of the Creator and the actions and intentions of the created beings. The entire system of the universe is arranged so that it pushes the created beings to this central point either according to their will or against it, depending on fate.

This point contains everything. This is why we must direct ourselves to this center as the goal of all our actions, intentions, and prayers. After all, it is against our desire. The Creator created the whole creation outside of His level, except for this point. Therefore, all desires, thoughts, actions, all our egoistic qualities are aimed at the opposite direction from this central point and do not want to be included in it, rejecting the connection.

Scrutinizing the center of the ten, we reveal everything: the central point of the entire universe and the common soul of Adam HaRishon, the purpose of correction—everything is included in this point, in Malchut of the world of infinity. When we begin to focus on this single point, we discover that our actions, intentions, and thoughts do not belong to us, and we can only identify ourselves with those actions that the Creator performs, assembling us in this center.

This point is called “the Temple,” and in order to establish our correct attitude toward the Creator in it, we have to undergo the whole history of development. We will only then reach adhesion with Him—when our yearnings and intentions are only for Him. We have to go through many obstacles to find out that we do nothing by ourselves, but the Creator does everything, both bad and good.

We only need to acknowledge that everything comes from the Creator. And since everything is aimed at this point of connection, the point of adhesion, there is no evil, there is only good because everything is included in the adhesion. The entire inner work of a person is concentrated in this central point. The entire universe and the entire flow of our world are directed so that it would carry a person to the center of this structure called “the soul,” to the point of connection with the Creator.1

The external egoistic shell (Klipa), which is called “the serpent’s skin” (Mishcha de Chivia), is the coarsest of all. It makes me believe that I am the master of my actions and that my entire life is a consequence of my decisions. Obviously, this is a misconception. A person repeats this mistake over and over again and it leads him away from the path. Instead of rising above the disturbances and adhering to the Creator as the master of all actions, I start beating myself up and regretting my bad actions as if something depended on me.

The Klipa is required for our correction. During his advancement, a person clings to the inner, holy desire, transferring more and more properties under its power. Thus, the inner desire grows and gains strength. But at the same time, the Klipa always rises again, becoming stronger and stronger. Each time we must decide that all this was arranged by the Creator, and therefore, we need to subdue ourselves and accept what is happening.

It is impossible to run away from life! After all, everything comes from the single upper force. Even though I suffer and I am unhappy, it is the Creator who takes me through all the states. I just need to annul myself and accept everything as good. I need to correct only the intention.

To be above everything that happens means to adhere to the inner desire. Sometimes a person is ashamed of his past, regrets it, but this is a Klipa, a serpent. This serpent assures me that this is my fault as if I have some independence, freedom of action, as if I myself create my destiny and not the Creator.

The center of the ten that we want to reach really is a central point. It is not just a simple point of connection but the point of unity. This goal is not one color; it includes the whole kaleidoscope: all the Klipot and all the holiness. If I do not scrutinize the Klipot and do not attach them to the opposite side of this point, it cannot exist. This is the central point of all qualities, pros and cons, only arranged in the correct way. After all, I attribute everything to “There is none else besides the Creator, the good who does good.”2

In the effort to penetrate to the central point of our whole life, of all our efforts, we meet the Creator. This is the place where the Shechina begins. We reveal in it the “field blessed by the Creator,” the area in which we are able to connect because there is the Creator in it who helps us. This is the entrance for those who are knocking on His door, the door to unity.

There, in the center of the ten, we will discover the inner work of each one and the external work between us, about which it is written: “They helped every one his friend.” These two types of work are opposite to each other: either I concentrate inside myself and scrutinize my states or I am with my friends. I find it difficult to connect one with the other. Yet, it is necessary to combine these two opposites together because there is no difference between them in spirituality—it is the same point.

If this is not spirituality, however, they do not meet in one point and there is personal work in and of itself, and the external connection.3

Usually, a person begins to regret his past actions. However, we need to understand that everything happens according to upper governance: “there is none else besides Him.” Therefore, nothing of what had happened depended on me up to this moment. However, from this moment onward, everything depends on me. After all, I already have a group, a ten, a teacher, a method, and I must rise to the state where everything happening is organized by the Creator. I already become initially included in this principle, annulling my “I” and wishing to go by faith above reason.4

Everything that happens comes from above and the only way to change something is to integrate into the group and with its help agree with what the Creator sends me. If I kick myself for what happened in my life, it is a lack of faith, a lack of even minimal contact with the Creator.

I feel very bad right now, but I have to be included in this concept of “There is none else besides Him” and let go of the reins, let my horse take me where I need to go. It does not matter to me where it takes me; I give it freedom. After all, it is an angel. Let life lead me where it leads me. After all my attempts to do the right thing, I look back and see what I have done. Why did I live like that? This is the most horrible egoism because I try to put myself in the center of the universe as if I myself control my life.5

We have to feel pain, there is no other way. If I put my hand in the fire and feel no pain, the hand will burn. However, it hurts, and I pull my hand out of the fire. It turns out that suffering guides me through life. Therefore, the shame we feel in our egoism is of great help. First of all, it is necessary to rise above it. I am not ashamed of what happened to me because my whole life is one hundred percent controlled from above. However, I do not just withdraw myself, I try to cling to “There is none else besides Him.”6

Each of the ten friends works to see that there is none else besides the Creator. This is the place where we meet in the ten, this point where we try to annul ourselves in order to connect with each other and in this connection achieve such unity, called the Creator.7

The first moment something happens, we always perceive it as an external disturbance that came from nowhere and, of course, do not associate it with the Creator. Every situation that arises is the revelation of a new broken Reshimo, and therefore, there is no Creator, no upper force. A person never starts from adhesion with the upper force; on the contrary, one concentrates on the case, on the Reshimo itself, which came from the shattering. It then already depends on the environment and one’s preparation in terms of how quickly one can reach correct perception.

A person loses connection with the Creator as if one loses consciousness. This is the revelation of a new informational record (Reshimo), and since they all come from the shattering, obviously there will be no Creator. Therefore, it all depends on how quickly I can dismiss the thoughts of the serpent—that everything depends only on me and on other people of this world.

In our world, we get health insurance in case of sudden illness or accident. In the same way, I must insure myself against spiritual descent so that I will return to spiritual life. Here, only the group can help, there are no other means. The Creator will not insure me, but I can make arrangements with my friends. While we are in this world, we must make preparations and insure the soul the way we insure the body so that when I am knocked down by disturbances, I will receive help to quickly return back to the goal, to the work.

I must get such insurance of the soul in the group because all my work is to reach the center of the ten. Therefore, I prepare connections with all nine friends so that I will be able to reach the center of the ten by falling on their hands. And so, each one falls on the hands of the others.

I will then see that there is no other way to approach the center of the ten but only with the help of the friends. For this, I do not need to have accidents, I know in advance that I am in a shattered state all the time because of the Reshimot coming from the accident, from the shattering of Adam HaRishon. Therefore, it is clear to me that we can only rely on the hands of the friends and we need to strengthen the connection with them. I will help them and they will help me, and we will very quickly approach the central point between us.

The integral point connecting us all is called the center of the ten. If we are all directed in such a way so as to bring contentment to the Creator, then even egoism supports this because the Creator is our common goal.8
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/22/19, The Center of the Ten

1 Minute 0:40
2 Minute 17:20
3 Minute 28:15
4 Minute 30:45
5 Minute 32:20
6 Minute 36:50
7 Minute 40:55
8 Minute 47:10

Related Material:
Take Me To The Spiritual World Through The Center Of The Ten
Moving Into A World Ten
See Through The Ten

To The Light Through The Center Of The Ten

laitman_283.02“The advantage of the light is from within the darkness.” So the Creator sends us various disturbances on the path so that we can see where we stumble, where we come across obstacles, what boundaries we cannot cross, as if we are searching for a passage between trees and stones. Our task is to understand that all the disturbances come from the Creator, besides whom there is nothing else, and most importantly, not to concentrate on the problems themselves but to attribute them all to the Creator and try to rise above them.

The Creator gives us difficulties so that when overcoming them by faith above reason, I will advance through them. This gives satisfaction because I see that there is a ruler in the world who takes care of me, who teaches me in this way. This is exactly how I studied at school where I was given exercises and tasks that I had to solve. It is the same now when the Creator sends me all kinds of difficulties, confuses me, and ruins my mood; I need to attribute it all to Him and through that sweeten the judgments.

At first, everyone does this work individually, but recently we attribute it more and more to the group. That is, I no longer consider my personal disturbances such as a bad mood, confusion, and troubles, but I am concerned with my connection with the group. I do not just attribute the disturbances to the Creator, but I perceive every disturbance as an opportunity to adhere even more to the center of the ten. Thus, I advance by working with the disturbances. In fact, these are not disturbances, but help on the path because in this way the upper force leads us to the goal.

Previously, the goal was to attribute everything to the Creator who is good and does good, but now I also need, through all the disturbances, to direct myself to the center of the group. We will always see how through all the obstacles, descents, personal, common, and global troubles the Creator correctly directs us to the goal, which becomes clearer and clearer.1

The Creator awakens in me the shattered desires, the parts of the shattering, and therefore, they are always revealed as troubles, they hurt me, frighten me, throw me off balance. But I know that all this is given in order to help me and guide me to the purpose of creation. To be correctly directed toward the purpose of creation, I must aim at the center of the group. This, however, is complicated, because it goes beyond the boundaries of my egoistic desire.

I am ready to admit that everything comes from the Creator; after all, who would refuse the connection with the upper force? I am even prepared to perceive all evil as good, it is in my egoistic interests to be protected by a benevolent ruler and hide from all the troubles, like in religion. But the next stage, the center of the ten, is already a step outside of my egoism. Here I need the strong support of the group that I can lean on. Otherwise, I will not even turn to the correct side, but I would sink more and more within myself.

Our job now is to fulfill three conditions:

1. To understand that the upper force is acting in everything and there is nothing else beside it;

2. This force is good that does good;

3. To come to this from the center of the group—this is an additional third condition.

We will then delve deeper into research and reveal additional details there until we reach the true realization. The Creator gives us not one but nine discernments; after all, this is how the upper system is built. The connection of the light with the desire is only possible through the nine discernments of the light and one discernments of the desire. The desire has one inclination: to receive fulfillment. There are nine treats before me and I need to know how to relate to each of them in order to bring contentment to the host.

Therefore, there are the first nine Sefirot and Malchut, and Malchut should bring itself to equivalence with them. Each one in the ten sees himself as Malchut and the friends as the first nine Sefirot. The Creator is revealed to me through the friends in different forms, negative and positive, that awaken envy, anger, and ambition in me, and I must adjust myself every time so that through the bestowal to the nine friends, I bestow to the Creator.

This is how I start to feel that my attitude toward the group gives me the attitude, understanding, and real illustration of the fact that I am acting inside a spiritual Kli. All the spiritual concepts such as direct, reflected, or inner light, Hizdakchut (purification) of the Masach (screen) will be revealed inside the group through its center.

Malchut turns into the first nine Sefirot by supporting them, revealing them, and shining in them. There is no light in the first nine Sefirot until Malchut restricts itself, raises the reflected light, and begins to work with its evil. Then the light will shine in the first nine Sefirot, that is, in the qualities of the Creator in my nine friends. Thanks to the fact that I justify my friends by rejecting my egoism, adhere to them like a small one to the big ones, and value them, I awaken in them the light that I will see.

I will reveal the Creator in them. It turns out that there are no friends anymore, but it is all a manifestation of the Creator toward me.

However, if we do not pass everything through the center of the ten, we simply remain in religion. This is the difference between religion and the wisdom of Kabbalah. Kabbalah requires realization through our connection.2
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/26/19, The Center of the Ten

1 Minute 0:50
2 Minute 13:20

Related Material:
“Light” And “Darkness” From A Kabbalistic Point Of View
Freedom In Darkness
Four Steps To The Clear Path Of Light

Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 12/12/19

Lesson Preparation

icon for podpress  Video: Play Now | Download
 
icon for podpress  Audio: Play Now | Download
 

Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar,” Item 68

icon for podpress  Video: Play Now | Download
 
icon for podpress  Audio: Play Now | Download
 

Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 136

icon for podpress  Video: Play Now | Download
 
icon for podpress  Audio: Play Now | Download
 

Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 12/11/19

Lesson Preparation

icon for podpress  Video: Play Now | Download
 
icon for podpress  Audio: Play Now | Download
 

Lesson on the Topic “The Role of the People of Israel”

icon for podpress  Video: Play Now | Download
 
icon for podpress  Audio: Play Now | Download
 

Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 12/10/19

Lesson Preparation

icon for podpress  Video: Play Now | Download
 
icon for podpress  Audio: Play Now | Download
 

Lesson on the Topic “The Conditions for Raising Oneself Above One’s Circle”

icon for podpress  Video: Play Now | Download
 
icon for podpress  Audio: Play Now | Download
 

Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee),” Item 22

icon for podpress  Video: Play Now | Download
 
icon for podpress  Audio: Play Now | Download
 

Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 134

icon for podpress  Video: Play Now | Download
 
icon for podpress  Audio: Play Now | Download
 

Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 12/9/19

Lesson Preparation

icon for podpress  Video: Play Now | Download
 
icon for podpress  Audio: Play Now | Download
 

Lesson on the Topic “The Conditions for Raising Oneself Above One’s Circle”

icon for podpress  Video: Play Now | Download
 
icon for podpress  Audio: Play Now | Download
 

Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee),” Item 18

icon for podpress  Video: Play Now | Download
 
icon for podpress  Audio: Play Now | Download
 

Lesson on the Topic “Questions and Answers with Dr. Michael Laitman”

icon for podpress  Video: Play Now | Download
 
icon for podpress  Audio: Play Now | Download
 

Back And Forth In The Rhythm Of Connection

laitman_962.1Thanks to the congress, we felt how we distanced ourselves a little from our ten and then drew near it again, like a pendulum swinging back and forth, changing the degree of our connection with each other or our connection with the Creator, our attitude toward the study. We had less strength, became weaker, and then got all the power back.

Each such full period of movement of the pendulum back and forth, rise and fall, does not pass without a trace, but leaves an imprint on us.1
From the Preparation for the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/16/19, Hardening of the Heart

1 Minute 9:20

Related Material:
When God Expands Your Boundary
Most Important Is Connection And Love
Nothing Can Be Revealed In Its Complete Form

Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 12/8/19

Lesson Preparation

icon for podpress  Video: Play Now | Download
 
icon for podpress  Audio: Play Now | Download
 

Lesson on the Topic “The Conditions for Raising Oneself Above One’s Circle”

icon for podpress  Video: Play Now | Download
 
icon for podpress  Audio: Play Now | Download
 

Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)” 

icon for podpress  Video: Play Now | Download
 
icon for podpress  Audio: Play Now | Download
 

Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 130

icon for podpress  Video: Play Now | Download
 
icon for podpress  Audio: Play Now | Download
 

Take Me To The Spiritual World Through The Center Of The Ten

laitman_258It seems to us that a person of strong faith should always find the strength to withstand any state and never lose connection with the Creator whether in sadness or in joy, as if nothing can shake or knock the person off eternal adhesion. But in reality, this is not so: a person striving for the Creator experiences constant changes. One must feel growing weakness within oneself, but at the same time know how to achieve increased confidence and adhesion with the Creator. Therefore, one advances and adds all the time.

However, if one feels no such changes within oneself, powerlessness and uncertainty, descents and fear, straying from the right path toward the Creator and the purpose of life, if one is not concerned about that, then it is actually an important reason for concern. A person needs to engage in the group as quickly as possible with all one’s might in order to begin receiving the surrounding light through it, which changes a person.

If we think that everything is fine and there is nothing to worry about, then this is the time to get concerned.1

In our world, we consider a person as strong if he advances without feeling heavily burdened. They put an additional ten kilograms on his back, and he keeps on going; another twenty kilograms, he keeps on going as if nothing happened. We consider such a person to be heroic and strong.

In spirituality, however, it is the opposite. A hero is the one who is sensitive to each gram that is added to one’s load and instantly turns to the Creator with a request to correct the lack of confidence and for the force of bestowal. Spiritual advancement is measured differently, in increased sensitivity. The Creator keeps adding difficulties to us in quality and quantity, and we always have the opportunity to ask Him for new strength through the environment and to thus advance.

Advancement on the path depends solely on the changes felt by a person, which the Creator awakens in each person. Each time, I have to realize where my weakness lies and how to be strengthened in order to advance. Clearly, I lack faith, the force of bestowal, therefore, I need the environment and the Creator more and more so that I can contribute to the environment, turn to the Creator though it, and thus continue on the path.2

Everyone needs to check what changes the congress has made in them. One might feel detached, another being pulled in, the third one may have a blurry mind and feelings. Some might be unable to find themselves in the ten, to look at the friends, to feel them, to find them in one’s heart like before. Participation in a bigger ten had such an effect on him that he stopped feeling the previous connection with his friends.

There are a lot of post-congress phenomena, which cannot be ignored while waiting for you to return to your usual track. I need to check what is happening to me and why, what kind of an effect the congress had on me. It is very important.

Everyone in the ten feels differently and we must examine whether we can return to the previous state or if this new state is much brighter, loftier, and more intense. We began to better appreciate the connection between us and understand why we are returning to our ten to be together. We do not just follow the advice of the Kabbalists, we begin to realize that without it we will have no confidence or strength to advance, we will have no place to draw strength from or to turn to the Creator.

The ten becomes a spiritual source, a spring. We feel how we can stabilize ourselves within it and resume our corrections. Each of us carries a special quality, like ten Sefirot, and that is why we are very different. But we are connected by the common work, the common goal; thus, out of ten people and no less, we can form a perfect way to relate to the Creator.

The ten turns into a Kli, an instrument, we can use to change things with, to influence or become connected to a wider or higher level.3

The center of the ten is the tiny eye of a needle through which I enter the spiritual world. To do so, I must restrict all my thoughts and desires, compressing them into a single point so that they would take me into the upper world through the center of the ten.4
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/16/19, Hardening of the Heart

1 Minute 4:20
2 Minute 8:05
3 Minute 10:35
4 Minute 12:15

Related Material:
The Center Of The Ten Is The Spiritual Vessel
See Through The Ten
Find The Center Of The Group

The Center Of The Ten Is The Spiritual Vessel

laitman_962.5I do not have to erase my feelings as if they do not exist. If I make myself an absolute zero in order not to think about myself at all, then I destroy the entire depth of desire. I need, on the contrary, to rise above my egoism. Otherwise, it turns out that I am zero, and then the Creator is a little more than zero and nothing more.1

It is insufficient to simply decide that there is no one else besides the Creator. It takes a special force of faith in order to rise above myself a little. Otherwise, I can say as much as I want that there is no one else besides the upper force, but it will not help me. I nevertheless will attribute everything to myself or to others.

Therefore, we make efforts to connect with each other in the center of the ten, in the point where each one annuls himself toward others, toward connection, and toward the Creator. Thus, we gradually attract the reforming light that performs this action on us.2

Each of us says beautiful and correct words, but we do not connect our inclinations to the Creator, and therefore, we cannot offer Him our common desire (Kli), giving Him an opportunity to reveal Himself and to enjoy us. Our desires do not connect, and therefore, they cannot reveal the Creator. Individually, everything is correct, but there is not enough connection.

Ten people sit together and each one talks from the heart, but we are not connected with each other. The problem is that we do not connect our aspiration to the Creator and our connection with each other, we do not see that they are one and the same. The correct connection between us is the connection with the Creator.

We should try to get closer to a friend sensorily and inside this connection imagine the Creator, the quality of bestowal and love that I want to discover between me and the friend. So far, on the contrary, there is a barrier between us: the shattering instead of connection, hatred instead of love.

We have to connect all this together: adhesion with the Creator, revelation that there is no one else besides Him, and connection between friends and faith above reason. It all connects in the adhesion between us and the Creator.

By each of our actions in thought and desire, we must attract, invite the Creator to control us, try to feel and discover His governance. We should plan our thoughts and actions so that they will be aimed at the revelation of the governance of the Creator over everything that is happening. Such an action is called a commandment.

Our aspiration to the center of the ten is directed exactly so that through our common efforts we would make the Creator rule over us.3

Gradually, we will begin to reveal that there is such a concept inside the ten. Previously we did not think about nor want to reveal it, but now we see how important it is, that this is the center, the main goal of our work. The center of the ten is the Temple, the spiritual vessel. Each one individually is not a Kli, rather only all of us together, correctly connected and directed at bestowal to the Creator. To the extent that we yearn to reach this center, we will start feeling how the Creator is managing us from it.4

Yearning for the center of the ten, we address our corrected state that already exists ahead of us, the good future that stands before us. To the extent that we make efforts to imagine it as good and as correct as possible, and yearn to reach this connection in love and mutual help, we enter into the next frame, into the future picture. This is how we advance step by step, degree after degree.

We try to imagine the correct state and ask the Creator to correct our direction. The Creator is our main helper. The entire path is already paved up to the very end of correction, but we need to pass it in order to feel how much we need the Creator. All these stages are only the means, the reason to turn to Him. By joining Him to our advancement, we correctly realize the correction.

Therefore, the main goal is not the future state in itself, but the connection with the Creator that is required in order to reach it. The state itself is just a reason, after all, I don’t need this state but the Creator.5
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/22/19, “The Center of The Ten”

1 Minute 56:00
2 Minute 59:00
3 Minute 1:23:33
4 Minute 2:00:00
5 Minute 2:22:40

Related Material:
The Absolute Zero
See Through The Ten
Moving Into A World Ten